Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Marshall's Space Theme Nursery

I finished Marshall's nursery almost six weeks ago, but have not had a change to take pictures until recently.

After weighing several options of how to design the new nursery, we settled on a space theme. Even once we settled on that, we had to decide colors and what type of decor.

I think it turned out great!

We used the crib and glider from Vander's room. The room is painted Behr "Skyline Steel" which is a light bluish grey. It was exactly what I wanted. The bedding is a constellation design that is on the sheet, bed skirt, valance, and changing pad cover.

We used the same block letters as Vander's room. I found a paint that matched the bedding colors really well and made my own constellation designs that match the patterns on the bedding. This turned out awesome!

The last two things I did were commit to how to decorate this wall and complete the mobile. It is straight across from the door so I needed something that would fill up the wall well enough but I struggled to decide on prints I wanted. I found these on Etsy and used frames from IKEA. Dylan helped me do an excellent job of spacing them all out.

I also made this super awesome mobile. It is Harry Potter themed, using the chapter pictures from Sorcerer's Stone and Prisoner of Azkaban (the Chamber of Secrets images were very dark in color and a little too scary), that I put on star cut outs so it still fits the space theme.

We put together two Kallax shelves and put them as an "L" in the corner. I had wanted this to be a little bit more of a bench, but the vent for the room is on the floor in this spot, so I had to get legs to raise the shelves off the floor. I bought the cube storage ottoman to provide a step stool to get onto the shelves and for the boys to generally play with.

I am in love with the little Itty Bitty's from Hallmark. We officially have all of the Star Wars set and I rotate which couple characters are out. The pillow is from Pottery Barn.

For the main wall we put up a vinyl solar system in a dark grey. We also added a Death Star, which lead to our little bit of nerd theme to the room. Dylan helped make sure the planets were in order and spaced out relatively appropriately.

I found this perfect lamp at Target. It has a night light function, which is what we have it set to with the light switch since I still have night feedings. The adorable penguin has a little rocket on his back and came from one of my aunts. It is from the same collection as the sailor bear in Vander's room. 

For the closet, we did the same closet shelving system as in Vander's closet, but arranged differently since Marshall's closet is longer. I also took off the doors and put curtains in place instead. (This is clearly not a clean staged photo since there are a lot of not perfectly organized things).

The nursery turned out great! I love hanging out in there and I am glad I was final able to share it with you all!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Marshall: Three Months

Another great month in the books!

Marshall is approximately 25.5 inches long and 14 pounds. We packed away basically all of his three month clothes and he fits comfortably in the six month outfits.

Big changes this month included being home with dad for a couple weeks and starting daycare.

Sleep was much improved this month. Marshall even slept through the night a couple times! I would say on average I get up once a night during my sleep time. Marshall would prefer to sleep from like 11pm to 11am, but fortunately daycare has been and will help move that earlier. Since he started daycare at the end of his third month, that kind of threw off his schedule, even if it did lead to some solid sleeping at night.

Since Dylan was home with him, I hoped Marshall would be better about eating at daycare, but it took most of the first week for him to get comfortable enough to eat. With me he eats closer to every two hours, but with a bottle he eats closer to three or four hours. I am still breastfeeding and pumping, so Marshall has only been on breastmilk. So far, so good, but once he starts eating more at daycare, we will see how I keep up.

We *fingers crossed* moved out of the colicky phase in the evenings. Overall Marshall has gotten really laid back and easy going. He will easily hang out and watch everyone or just relax for a solid 25 minutes or so in the bouncer chair and sometimes that long lying on the ground. While he enjoys his down time, he generally prefers to be sung or talked to. Whenever you say anything in his direction, he gets a HUGE smile on his face. So stinking cute!

Since we tend to be on the go with Vander, Marshall spends a lot of time in his carrier, including our new Lillebaby carrier.

He loves hanging out with his Super G and Papa.

Dylan and I think Marshall is teething, since he loves chewing on our knuckles and his new teething toys I bought for him. He also tends to be drooly.

Marshall is totally enamored with Vander and loves to watch him.

It has been so much fun with these two. A lot of challenges, but Marshall's new attitude has made things much easier.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Vander the Two Year Old

Oh the joys of toddlerhood!

Vander is officially 36 inches tall! He definitely had a growth spurt recently, as evidenced by him eating every ounce of protein he could get his hands on, including three hot dogs one night and four sausages the next morning. I will be taking donations once he hits his teenage growth spurts. He is also 30 pounds still, but that has been pretty steady for a bit.

Vander generally eats well. He still loves his carbs (he ate a lot of waffles for breakfast the last couple of months!), but he loves beans and a lot of different meats. He hasn't been quite as good on his vegetables, but it mostly just depends on the day. Some days he doesn't eat much at dinner, but he just prefers to be busy playing. We are just starting to introduce some rules for mealtimes at home and we told him he was allowed to be done and go play, but mom and dad were going to finish their food before they would  go play with him. So now he stares at our plates and the minute our plates are empty he jumps up to pull us away to go play with him.

He has recently starting giving us a lot of commands. He has asked for things for a long while now ("up" "milk") but now he tells us "Mom sit down" and points to a very specific spot in which you must be right away. Trying to teach a toddler patience is no easy task.

The independence streak has made a big show in our house recently. Vander's main phrases these days are "I get it" or "I do it". If you do it before he can, he will get mad. We are still getting used to this one.

His personality is so much fun! He is still a total goofball or class clown and loves being silly. When he gets a positive reaction to something he does it again and again to make everyone laugh. He loves being tickled, giving high fives and knuckles. He is hugely social, even though on occasion he may be shy at first, he ends up greeting everyone at the door even when we are not at our own house. We will definitely need to keep a close eye on him since he has no stranger danger.

At the same time he can also be really serious. He gets very focused on things and likes them to be a particular way. I have always thought he had an engineering brain and that proves itself to be true all the time. He crawled under my parents electric couches to see how they work. Now that we have a second boy, I notice how Marshall looks at what people are doing so much more than Vander ever did. Vander has always been figuring out how lights work and how things are put together. We just have to remind him to take his time and think about things so he doesn't get frustrated when they don't always work his way the first time!

He is also very loving. Dylan and I sung him Happy Birthday when we went to get him in the morning and he immediately gave us each huge hugs. I have gotten a couple unprompted "I love you"s which are amazing.

Dylan decided he would describe Vander as adorable with a temper. When he doesn't get his way he definitely falls into the usual toddler whining and anger. His current teething for his two year molars doesn't help with the quick to anger part.
Totally all set up by him!

His favorite activities include being outside in whatever way possible, duplex, trains, stuffed animals, playing with anything related to trucks, identifying any vehicle while we drive-especially buses, cranes, tractors and bulldozers. He also enjoys coloring and helping cook.

Vander is such a great kid and so much fun to hang out with!
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